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Comment Re:how quaint (Score 1) 432

The more successful and the more money you make in the US, the more you are advantaged by the "commons", which is what taxes pay for.

Not exactly.

Federal taxation exists to take currency out of circulation, thus propping up the value of the remaining notes in circulation.

As such, your taxes don't "pay for" anything except perceived value.

If you have a bunch of notes, those notes become less valuable the more you accumulate.

If you have to destroy, say, 50% of your notes every year, however, and everyone else must do the same ... your remaining notes maintain their value for far longer, although they still become less valuable over a sufficient period of time (inflation).

Most Americans are woefully unaware of the way the Federal Reserve, fiat currency, and our fractional reserve banking system works.

They have an almost infantile notion that they send in a tax check, and that check goes to pay for government services.

The Federal Government never sees your tax money. It goes to the Treasury, which in turn goes to the Fed.

They central bank just want as little money in your hands as possible, because it makes the notes the Fed prints and hands over more valuable.

Comment Re:They are not... (Score 1) 532

Exactly. The iPhone has been around for a long time, is insanely popular, and it does not run Flash. There will always be more iPhone and iPod Touch users than iPad users.

This OS and these devices are not new. If these companies were that concerned about iPeople, they would have made the transition to an iPhone OS compatible technology long ago.

Comment Re:Who cares whether it's class action? (Score 2, Insightful) 256

By the time the settlement or judgment is made -- assuming Microsoft doesn't go to trial and win -- the damages would probably amount to a few bucks per end-user anyway.

This is why large companies often preferclass action suits over individual suits.

Class action suits mean that, if the company loses, they never have to litigate over the matter again.

If they lose an individual suit, every consumer on the planet is free to chase the same reward the original litigant won, and they are not bound by any $5 off coupon settlements.

Comment Re:Thats fine by me... (Score 1) 256

It also means that noone else is bound by the outcome, and is free to sue individually. If Microsoft loses the individual suit, you could potentially see 10,000,000 more individual suits using this case as a precedent for an easy win. That would cost MS significantly more money. Lack of class certification COULD be a disaster for Microsoft ... especially if they lose and the award is substantial.

Comment Re:If doctors were that bad, it would be manslaugh (Score 1) 1057

That could be it.

Or maybe people don't feel like joining real life out of High School. Maybe they just want to drink lots of beer, smoke pot from a bong made out of a toilet paper roll, root for the school sports team, and have bitchin' spring break parties while going into debt for the extended vacation.

Then again, maybe it is about all of that altruistic shit.

Anything's possible.

Media

Submission + - DVD CCA Lost DVD Ripping Case

An anonymous reader writes: CE Pro reports that in a judgement in Kaleidescape vs. the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA), Judge Leslie C. Nichols ruled there was no breach of contract. DVD CCA sued Kaleidescape accusing it of a contract breach when its product enables ripping of copy protected DVDs onto computers.

Kaleidescape argued, first and foremost, that nothing in the DVD CCA licensing agreement prohibits the development of products that allow users to copy their DVDs.
The DVD CCA had argued that the "CSS General Specifications" was part of the licensing agreement and Kaleidescape replied that it was "available only after you sign the license and pay the fee," thus, not part of the contract. Judge Nichols agreed; therefore, copyright issues were never even considered in the case.
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Submission + - Dude, you're getting an open-source OS on that Del

falconwolf writes: "Dell has confirmed it. After over one hundred thousand responses to the survey, they listened, they questioned, and now they are going to provide. Dell will offer the Linux operating system on new laptops and desktops. More than seventy percent of survey respondents said they would use a Dell system with a Linux operating system for both home and office use. The hardware was selected and both laptops and desktops were picked, the customers have spoken and they want Linux no matter what they buy.

Support wise, the respondents to the survey said that existing community-based support forums would meet their technical support needs for a tested and validated Linux operating system on a Dell. They also indicated that improved hardware support for Linux is as important as the distribution(s) offered. In fact, most of the comments were centered around the drivers and hardware support on the recent Direct2Dell blog post.

Many who commented on the Linux proposal said that free software and drivers were important.Dell responded to that, "For device types where a choice exists between a component with a non-Free driver and one with Free driver availability, in our Linux offering we'll opt to bundle the component with the Free driver."

Addressing GPL based drivers Dell said, "Dell recognizes the importance of open source, GPL-licensed drivers which are maintained upstream in kernel.org. They allow users the widest choice of Linux distributions, effectively taking the specific hardware and distribution out of the decision-making process and let you focus on solving your business problems. We will work with our hardware partners to develop, test, and maintain Free drivers, and continue to make progress towards that goal for all drivers."

As the first OEM to mainstream Linux to the public, not just to the business world, other OEMs such as HP and Lenovo as well as Gateway, will be watching. This will either make or break Dell. However, with the support Linux has, then the venture might just be a viable one for Dell as it struggles to recover form several years worth of declining sales.

While Dell has mentioned several flavors of Linux as possible pre-installed operating systems, they have remained noncommittal on the subject. The rumor is that it will be Ubuntu as the distribution of choice while market watchers say Red Hat or SuSe Linux. The odds are in favor of Ubuntu or Debian. The last question really is price. Just how much will the new Linux computers cost? That is unknown at the moment, but they will likely be cheaper than the current Windows offering. Dell has said that they will seek customer feedback on the future open source projects. http://tech.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_12 84922.php/Dude_you%92re_getting_an_open-source_OS_ on_that_Dell!"

Feed TJX lost up to 45.6m card numbers (theregister.com)

King of breaches

TJX has taken the crown for presiding over the largest credit card heist ever, with a tally of 45.6m numbers lost to unknown thieves who intruded on the US-based retailing giant's networks over a span of 17 months. Personal information, often including social security numbers, for at least 451,000 was also lifted.


Feed Evidence of accounting chicanery at Dell (theregister.com)

Restatements possible

Dell says an audit committee convened to probe its bookkeeping has found evidence of misconduct and accounting errors that may result in restatements to previous financial results. The preliminary finding, which also disclosed potential deficiencies in the company's financial controls, is the latest announcement to raise doubts about the accounting of the cut-rate PC maker.


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